You have to wonder — will this aircraft, ever get back into the air?
Boeing’s 737 MAX recertification nightmare continues, as both United Airlines and American Airlines are extending their flight cancellations of the troubled aircraft well into the summer, Travel Pulse reported this week.
United Airlines is extending its Boeing 737 MAX flight cancellations into September, while American said it will not be using the 737 MAX at least until Aug. 18.
The moves comes just one day after low-cost carrier Southwest Airlines extended its 737 MAX cancellations through early August. Southwest is the largest operator of the beleaguered aircraft, the report said.
The last time American had to delay the use of the 737 MAX was when it canceled flights through June; this latest delay of two-and-a-half months is one of the longest in the ongoing saga of the aircraft, the report said.
The 737 MAX has been grounded since March of 2019 in the aftermath of two separate crashes, which killed 346 passengers and crew.
Boeing has been trying to get the plane re-certified by the Federal Aviation Administration but has continually missed its deadlines as it tries to put the 737 MAX back in the air, the report said.
According to the blog The Points Guy, American is extending cancellations with the plane in order to plan its schedule through the greater portion of the summer travel season, the report said. The carrier will cancel about 140 flights a day.
United also recently extended its suspension of flights to and from China amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, the report said.
Meanwhile, according to CNBC, after weeks of assessing concerns about the placement of wiring bundles in 737 MAX airplanes, Boeing has submitted its initial recommendation to the FAA for how to resolve the issue. Sources say Boeing believes it does not need to modify the wiring bundles nor move their location within the plane.
Technical staff with the FAA and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency have raised questions about the potential for the wiring bundles to short-circuit. In a worst-case scenario that could lead to a crash if pilots did not handle the situation correctly.
Boeing, maintaining its proficiency for terrible public relations, declined to comment on the exact recommendation made for resolving the issue.